Saturday, February 17, 2018

EXCITED....

I am VERY excited because I am going to get to attend the Pastor's Wives Retreat in a couple of weeks.  This will be my VERY first one.....but since it is Lana's last one.....I jumped through many hoops to be able to attend this year.

I am a teacher so I have VERY limited off days.  Also, Roger and I are VERY involved in the State Bi-Vo Ministry and serve on the council, so I have to use a day for our planning meeting and two days for our retreat, etc.

Because of my limited days off....I do not get to attend the Summit and I do not get to attend the Ladie's Retreat......................so THIS YEAR....is VERY SPECIAL.

Maybe I will get to meet some of you face-to-face.  Hope to see you there.....

Friday, February 16, 2018

None of Us are Immune.....

I've blogged before about hurting people............

The end of January, we had our Bi-Vo Ministers and Wives Retreat...............and before we even got to Pigeon Forge, Roger and I were praying that God would use us and lead us to "hurting folks". 

Ask.....and ye shall receive.

My heart just aches for all of the hurt that filled that retreat.....full of ministers and their wives.

God directed us to couples
  • whose children had gone astray and were on the wrong path. 
  • who were grieving for their child who was in the final stages of cancer.
  • ministers and their wives....who were having marital issues.
  • who were ready to leave the ministry.....and give up.
And the list could go on.............

SATAN IS REAL..........and what better joy he would receive than to tear up or destroy a ministers home?

Please...........be alert, be aware and stay close to GOD...........do not leave ANY room for Satan to move in...........he's watching and waiting.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

God Supplies Our Needs.....

Just wanted to share this with you.....

Another blog about our "situation."

Roger's secular job ended in November......and he can not draw retirement from it for a year. 

(I might mention that in his previous secular job....he brought home twice a month more than I brought home once a month.........so suddenly our income was reduced by two thirds.)

He has signed up to substitute teach at my school....which he is loving.  It does not pay great, but he sees it as a ministry.

When he left his previous secular job, he was given a severance package, so we have been able to pay off our bills.

Because of all of the stress that the secular job had put Roger in, he decided to take a couple of months off and decided to keep praying and see where God would guide him.

Just a couple of weeks ago, we were discussing things and decided that we are at a point in life where we don't need a lot.  Roger said....if I could just find "something" to do so that I could be guaranteed to bring home about  "X"  a month.....I would feel more comfortable.

We've had a peace about this entire journey.............and knew that God would take care of us.

Last night at church, the finance committee recommended to the church and it was voted on and  passed to give Roger a raise that was $150 more than Roger felt we needed.

We are still in shock. 

Normally, if asked ahead of time, Roger turns down church raises and asks them to give his raise to someone else...like the worship leaders, etc.  The committee had NO IDEA how much money Roger felt he "needed".

God Supplies Our Needs.....

Now, Roger can relax......dig deeper in the God's word so he can even better feed us and substitute teach and "play" with his woodworking hobby.....while having time to "be there" for our members.

We do not NEED a combined salary of two times what I make................but we did NEED "X"  amount and God chose to give us extra.

God Supplied Our Need........we just had to be patient and trust Him.

Struggles......

Back in December I blogged about "Hurting Folks" and how people all around you are hurting and you may not even know it.  I also shared that Roger and I were hurting because we were facing some struggles that we had never faced before..........some much more serious than his secular job ending.

I asked all of you to PRAY for our situation and pray for us.

I would LOVE to report back to you that the situation had been resolved...........but unfortunately, that is not the case.  However..........GOD IS ANSWERING PRAYERS......not necessarily the way we THOUGHT He would, but he is answering them.

Things have gotten much better on one road, but gone downhill on the other road.......so PLEASE KEEP PRAYING.  God KNOWS the situation and God KNOWS how to handle it.

Pray that we will TURN it over to GOD............and LET GO. 

Pray that we will accept the outcome and pray that no matter what, we will still PRAISE GOD for his Grace and Mercy.

It is VERY humbling to be on the side of the table where we are reaching out for URGENT PRAYERS.............

Things could ALWAYS be worse.................we have soooo much to be thankful for......in our church our family, etc.

This is a DETOUR that God has sent us on..............and I am sure we have already and will continue to learn a lot from this DETOUR.

BTW....again....if you have not gone through the Bible Study.....David Evan's DETOURS..........I urge you to do so.  It is a GREAT study about our lives.

Thank you for the prayers and KEEP PRAYING.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

VALENTINES DAY

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.........

We live in a world that if FULL of the wrong kinds of LOVE and very little of the Agape LOVE.

Sunday, I taught my little pre-schoolers about Agape LOVE...........the LOVE OF GOD.  God loves you REGARDLESS.....no matter what.  He does not love of because or if......He LOVES us Regardless.

Types of LOVE:
  • ...for our husbands
  • ...for our family
  • ...for our brothers and sisters in Christ
  • ...God's Divine LOVE.
Even the love for our spouses is not as sacred as it once was...............people today have MANY MATES over a lifetime.  It is almost acceptable for people to cheat on their spouses.
It is our jobs to SHOW the world how to truely LOVE our MATES the way God would have us to.

Also....if you follow the news..........the LOVE for families is not what it use to be.  Parents abusing children.......murders inside families......siblings fighting, etc.  The old saying....Blood is thicker than Water, don't always hold true anymore.

And.....brotherly love is not always demonstrated today.  Every week we hear of another church that has split...........or more folks who have left a church, etc.

We live in a DOG-EAT-DOG World and everyone is always thinking of #1.

The ONLY LOVE that has NOT CHANGED and holds as sacred today as it ever has is GOD'S DEVINE LOVE.

(I know I am preaching to the choir, but this blog is NOT private and ANYONE can read it, so I just felt lead to throw this out there.........maybe someone needed to hear it.)

May you have a Happy Valentine's Day...........and let others see Jesus in You!




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hang Your Wopples......

If you have read any of my blogs, you know that I like to "Redneck" Bible Journal.

Several weeks ago, when we had more ice than snow and the media was telling everyone to stay home unless it was an emergency......Roger got a call from a guy....asking him to drive way out to a back road and pick him up and take him to his moms, so he could get in her car and take her to the ER.  Me, being me...........begged him NOT to go.  He told me he HAD TO.  Then, I said I was going with him and he said, no, you stay here....it is too dangerous.  

I sent out a group text and asked some of the folks from church to PRAY for their safety......

In the meantime.....I went on Pinterest and found something to draw.....because "Redneck" Bible Journaling is my STRESS RELIEF.  The first picture is my drawing.....the 2nd picture was the example on Pinterest.
 
After completing my drawing, I sent it to a friend.  She sent a text back and asked me what "wopples" was.  I told her it was on Pinterest and I just copied it...........and I sent her the copy of the Pinterest example.  I told her it was probably their slang for worries...........at least that was what I was assuming.
 
It was at that time that she told me to zoom in on the Pinterest example.
Upon zooming in.....I discovered that my "Wopples" was actually a fancy "Worries"
 
Pinterest FAIL!
 
But....since it is "Redneck" Bible Journaling..........everything is fixable.
I tell you all of this to tell you.................
 
not EVERYTHING is as it appears. 
 
Sometimes we need to zoom in and see things up closer. 
Examine the problem better. 
 
And with God's help............EVERYTHING is fixable.
 




Monday, February 12, 2018

Transition.....

We are surviving our transition period.  I say transition because we are still in the uncertain stage of life.  My husband lost his secular job in November because the IT department had been out-sourced.  He is sooooo close to retirement form his secular job............yet not close enough. 

(I'm sure it is harder for you to understand if your husband is a full time minister......but in Bi-Vo ministry......you have TWO full-time jobs, but ONLY your secular job pays the bills.  Our home is 32 miles from church, so the money they pay him, barely pays the expenses.)

Roger will be 62 in March.  Unless he changes his mind, he will begin drawing Social Security in November, at a reduced amount.  In November, he will also be able to draw from his retirement at his secular job.  (The largest portion of his retirement is with Guidestone and since he does not feel at this time that God is finished with him at our church......he is not going to retire from church right now.)

The stress levels have been down.......as far as his secular job is concerned.  Therefore....as I  blogged before, it has been a BLESSING that he lost his job.  The stress level before had maxed out.

Also....God has opened the doors that would have been impossible had he been working at his secular job.

  1. Roger has been able to fellowship and interact with other pastors.....which was next to impossible while holding down two jobs.
  2. He has signed up to substitute teach at my middle school.....and has been subbing some.  He has a new appreciation of "my job" and has enjoyed being able to interact and be around middle school age.
  3. At another school, a 7th grade boy was struggling and was headed down the wrong path.  God lead his mom to ask Roger to go talk with him.  Without breaching the confidentiality of it..............WOW....WOW.........God used Roger to help the entire family...............son, siblings and even parent's marriage.  Had Roger been working his secular job, he could not have as freely been there for the family.
  4. We, the church, have benefited from his secular job being gone........his preaching has stepped up even greater levels.
God is good...................all the time.

God sees the BIG PICTURE.............we only see the little view.

What we thought was a tragedy has turned into such a BLESSING.

AND.....God is ALWAYS faithful and takes care of HIS OWN.  Our family income was suddenly decreased by two thirds..............................but we have barely missed it. 

God is Good................all the time.